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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
191W Atlantic Ave, Hull, MA 02045-3303
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The captain wanted a show of "hands" to see if we would continue on to see Graves Lighthouse because the water was slightly rocky and small waves were coming. Of course we all said "yes." I think he would have turned back and disappointed us...We...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Donna M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the ferry and visited Spectacle and Georges Islands. It was a beautiful August day, and both the boat ride and the time on the islands was a welcome change from the urban hustle and bustle of Boston. We traveled with four kids -...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BlueDevilOKC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lighthouse tour was a fun and informative tour. The seats on the upper deck were behind the wheelhouse, which made a little it hard to see, but other than that it was perfect. The tour guides were top notch and friendly.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Curious20701772629
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first caught the ferry to Spectacle Island and later took the inter-island ferry to Georges Island before returning to Boston. I wish that I had had more time to explore these and the other islands further. I thought the $20 cost of the ferry,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 50IsTheMagicNumber
Reviewed August 11, 2019

My wife and I went on this cruise and it was awesome. We love learning about the lighthouses and other historical things. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. There were also volunteers from the coast guard auxiliary and the historical society along to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

The Harbor Island Tour that includes the lighthouses is a pleasant, relaxing experience, staffed by knowledgeable that enhance the journey and provide details that lend history and context to the tour. It also provides a different perspective of Boston that you just don't see from...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank John S
Reviewed August 11, 2019 via mobile

I’ve lived in Massachusetts my entire life, and only recently heard about the harbor islands. Most people, when visiting Boston probably prefer to spend their days walking the freedom trail, exploring a museum or two and dining in the North End. An escape to the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 504arlynb
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

While we were in town to pick our daughter up from the airport, we made a small vacation out if our trip to Boston. Georges Island us historic and an escape from the bug city. It was awesome to walk around the fort and the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank chris m
Reviewed August 5, 2019

The Lighthouse tour was very educational....the staff was extremely knowledgeable about the different islands and the captain made sure that we traveled safe and sound. It was great to see these lighthouses close up. Lots of wonderful pictures.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MaryNuttelman
Reviewed August 4, 2019

We took the 9AM ferry to Spectacle Island. Hiked the whole thing at a leisurely pace and caught the 11:30 Ferry back. Had the place almost to ourselves. A very unique way to see Boston and some of the history. Would definitely recommend.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Marcia M
July 10, 2018|
Response from reginav314159 | Reviewed this property |
Because of the ferry schedule it's difficult to plan a short trip. I'd recommend George's island - head out in the morning, explore the fort (a highlight) and back in the afternoon. Unless you have your own boat and can... More
April 2, 2018|
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Sorry - no Dogs allowed !
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October 19, 2017|
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Response from herbsdottir | Reviewed this property |
Maybe. Best to check with the National Parks service Boston area. Know that there is a fun, spooky Halloween event on the island with the fortress very soon.